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Minister forces Service to comply

The Danish Immigration Service has been forced to change its report to the Ombudsman.

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Until yesterday, the Danish Immigration Service maintained that two weeks of work in another EU country allowed Danes to bring their foreign spouses to Denmark.

In its original report to the Ombudsman the Service writes: “It is therefore normally a condition that there has been employment of at least a couple of weeks and for a minimum of 10-12 hours each week.”

Minister changes guidelines
That was the direct opposite of Minister for Integration Birthe Rønn Hornbech’s views. She has forced the Immigration Service to remove the guidelines from its home page.

In an interview yesterday, Hornbech said that there are no guidelines suggesting that a couple of weeks’ residence and work in Sweden or another EU country allows family reunions.

“We have told them (Ed: the Immigration Service) that that is not the legal view. We have been saying the same thing all along at the ministry. The Immigration Service has never said anything about six weeks or ten months,” the minister said in an interview with TV2 News.

Service to attention
The report to the Ombudsman was sent on September 1. In an addendum sent today, the Immigration Service has chosen to adjust its report after the minister said yesterday that she did not agree with the Service’s evaluation of the length of work required in another EU country.

In concrete terms, the Service has removed its evaluation of the length of time that must be worked in another EU country in order to be allowed to bring a foreign spouse into Denmark.

“In continuation of the Immigration Service’s submission of a final report on family reunions for Danish citizens under EU law, we would like to point out that at the end of the day on September 1, after the final report was sent to the Parliamentary Ombudsman – after instructions from the Integration Ministry – that we have changed the content of our home page back to the text that existed prior to a change on July 9, 2008 regarding family reunions for Danish citizens according to EU law,” the Service says of the change.

Clarification: In a previous article on this page, we wrote that the Immigration Service disagreed with the Minister for Integration. This was incorrect. The Service was only at odds with the minister until yesterday.

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